Cast Iron Fire Backs
Fire backs originated in the fifteenth century in France, their main functions were to protect clay fire chambers from the effects of heat which caused them to crumble, and also to retain and radiate heat back into the room. This characteristic could and still can increase heat efficiency by up to 50%. Fire Backs were originally cast in local blacksmiths foundries for noble families; hence they tended to be richly decorated in ways that recalled great family events or achievements. Royal families would commission regal fire back designs incorporating coats of arms similar to the Lion & Unicorn Fire Back , politicians would require fireback designs that illustrate social circumstances such as the Fairfax Fire Back. Local noteworthy families would have fire backs that illustrate their heritages such as oak trees for medieval middle England; Royal Oak Large Fire Back , or reputable tradesmen may have fireback designs to highlight their skills such as the medieval Ironfounder Fire Back
The fact that these fire backs help radiate heat back into the room is a point worth remembering when installing a gas log or coal effect fireplace as they are just as effective with this type of appliance as with the traditional log burning or coal burning fire baskets.
Some of the fire backs are still cast by hand in the traditional method, because of this sizes may vary slightly from what is displayed on the product page. The thickness of the firebacks can vary between 1/2" to 2" depending on which cast iron fire back you order.
The fire backs are easy to install, simply lean the fire backs against the back of the fireplace. this will prevent scorching of the fireplace and radiate heat back into your room. Pleas note: These firebacks are particularly heavy, therefore in the interests of health and safety we recommend 2 to 3 people are used to lift and move the cast iron fire backs when positioning them in your fireplace.